YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION
Trg Eugena Kvaternika 3/3, Zagreb
Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Dragana Šimić, Denis Hrvatin, Marijana Pivac, Davor Plavšić
PROJECT TEAM ASSOCIATES
Nives Krsnik Rister, Mia Andrašević, Branimir Turčić, Jan Ružić
The old Urania cinema is one of many cinemas built at the beginning of the 20th century in urban blocks throughout the lower town of Zagreb. Although it dates from 1939, the entire structure is very well preserved, along with supporting pillars, main arches in the large hall and all ceilings. The ceilings are a special example of the first concrete structures with longitudinal narrow structural ribs from that period. This beautiful example of early engineering of concrete technology was worth preserving and renovating. In the reconstruction, three of the four existing volumes were retained: the former entrance area of the cinema and accompanying offices, a large lobby with a ceiling height of three floors, and the main cinema hall. Most of the original construction materials were retained with minimal interventions – original brick walls, raw plaster, and concrete on floors and ceilings; while all new equipment was made of three materials – oak, spruce veneer and raw steel. The new Urania contains a public space intended for various cultural events and several office spaces. The multipurpose public space equipped with multimedia and a small stand is connected to a bistro with a courtyard terrace.